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Big D Daily: News for Friday, January 11, 2019

The SuperDraft is here, will FC Dallas be wheeling and dealing?

MLS: MLS SuperDraft Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The SuperDraft is finally here as the MLS offseason is coming to a close with training camps set to open later this month. Today should be full of plenty of deals and intrigue.

// FC Dallas //

Examining how much distance FC Dallas will travel in 2019 - Big D Soccer
As one of the easternmost teams in the west, FCD will cover quite the distance in 2019.

SUPERDRAFT: Final Mock Draft Roundup Ahead of 2019 MLS SuperDraft | FC Dallas
My gut tells me they'll find a way to back out of at least one of these two spots today but if not, there will be some talent available.

Intriguing future awaits Ferreira after strong start with U.S. U-20 team | American Soccer Now
By all accounts, Jesus Ferreira is making a strong first impression with the U.S. U-20 team. But now with American citizenship and first team club minutes potentially on the horizon, it sets the table for an intriguing year for the FC Dallas homegrown product.

// MLS //

Wiebe: 5 Big Questions the day before the SuperDraft | MLSsoccer.com
There is a lot to go into with this piece but its plenty of good material to read before the Draft today.

Centerback Callum Montgomery ready for MLS SuperDraft after years operating under the radar | Pro Soccer USA
UNC-Charlotte centerback Callum Montgomery is projected by many mock drafts to be a top-five pick in Friday’s SuperDraft in Chicago.

Why the MLS combine still matters, even as draft becomes increasingly unnecessary | ESPNFC
Players get the opportunity to impress, and clubs learn about their potential draft selections, yet the MLS combine's future is looking bleak.

What you need to know as FC Cincinnati prepares for inaugural season | ESPNFC
FC Cincinnati has 10 picks in the 2019 draft, six of them in the top 30. Expect it to dominate Friday's event.

Minnesota United FC signs Osvaldo Alonso - E Pluribus Loonum
Of all the moves this winter in MLS, this one feels the weirdest to me simply because I always thought Alonso would retire a Sounder.

Stejskal: Colorado Rapids agree to deal with free agent Benny Feilhaber | MLSsoccer.com
Benny to the Rapids? Colorado is building a very intriguing roster this season.

Trading away draft picks consistent with Philadelphia Union’s shift in development philosophy - Brotherly Game
New sporting director Ernst Tanner’s strategy for Bethlehem Steel has been made even clearer by SuperDraft deal.

Osvaldo Alonso’s departure marks the end of an era - Sounder At Heart
"El Corazon" will definitely be missed, but it’s not exactly a surprise to most in Seattle.

Portland Timbers and Liam Ridgewell mutually agree to part ways - Stumptown Footy
The influential defender is moving on after five seasons with the Timbers.